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Council for a Strong America

Five Voices with One Mission

four stars

92.02

1212 New York Avenue, NW Suite 300
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 464-7005   Web Site
EIN: 13-3840271

Board Leadership
Norman R. Seip
Chairman of the Board

CEO
Barry D. Ford
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.02 four stars
  Financial 89.45 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Council for a Strong America (CSA) is the umbrella nonprofit for five membership organizations comprising the unique and powerful voices of business, military, law enforcement, faith, and sports all working together to prepare young Americans for success. CSA serves as the corporate nonprofit for its membership organizations. Fight Crime: Invest in Kids was launched in 1996 followed by America's Edge (2008), Mission: Readiness (2009), Shepherding the Next Generation (2010) and Champions for America's Future (2013). Members of each CSA organization engage in a variety of activities including releasing research reports at press conferences, writing opinion pieces in the media and meeting with policy makers to educate them on effective investments that help children succeed.

Council for a Strong America (CSA) is the umbrella nonprofit for five membership organizations comprising the unique and powerful voices of business, military, law enforcement, faith, and sports all working together to prepare young Americans for success. CSA serves as the corporate nonprofit for its membership organizations. Fight Crime: Invest in Kids was launched in 1996 followed by America's Edge (2008), Mission: Readiness (2009), Shepherding the Next Generation (2010) and Champions for America's Future (2013). Members of each CSA organization engage in a variety of activities including releasing research reports at press conferences, writing opinion pieces in the media and meeting with policy makers to educate them on effective investments that help children succeed.

Financial

three stars

89.45

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 03/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
82.8%
  Administrative Expenses 10.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.99
  Program Expenses Growth 1.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 9.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Council for a Strong America on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Council for a Strong America on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Council for a Strong America (DC) 92.02 four stars
Reason Foundation (CA) 90.91 four stars
SPUR (CA) 89.80 three stars
PolicyLink (CA) 95.45 four stars
North Carolina Justice Center (NC) 92.22 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $10,380,038
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $599,981
Total Contributions $10,980,019
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $10,980,019
   Other Revenue $85,468
TOTAL REVENUE $11,065,487
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $7,775,684
   Administrative Expenses $1,202,123
   Fundraising Expenses $358,687
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $9,336,494
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,728,993
   
Net Assets $10,390,252

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Early Childhood $5,295,041 68.1%
K-16 Council $806,347 10.4%
Police Training Institute $765,387 9.8%

Ratings History
Council for a Strong America has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 03/01/2021 92.02 four stars
2018-12 09/01/2020 92.78 four stars
2017-12 12/21/2018 95.16 four stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 91.97 four stars
2015-12 12/01/2017 97.16 four stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 89.39 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 92.21 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 03/01/2016 92.13 four stars
2013-12 08/01/2015 92.95 four stars
2012-12 02/01/2015 90.67 four stars
2012-12 02/01/2014 84.47 three stars
2011-12 06/01/2013 91.38 four stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 89.74 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 85.19 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 06/01/2011 82.19 three stars
2008-12 07/01/2010 98.39 four stars
2007-12 04/01/2009 98.51 four stars
2006-12 03/01/2008 96.07 four stars
2005-12 12/15/2006 96.10 four stars
2004-12 12/01/2005 96.00 four stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 13-3840271
Name in IRS Master File COUNCIL FOR A STRONG AMERICA
NTEE Code B60
NTEE Classification Adult, Continuing Education
NTEE Type Educational Institutions and Related Activities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(124) Study and research (non-scientific)
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date August, 1995
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$236,377 2.53% Barry D. Ford CEO

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Charity Contact Info

Council for a Strong America
1212 New York Avenue, NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 464-7005
EIN: 13-3840271

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Board Leadership

Norman R. Seip
Chairman of the Board

CEO

Barry D. Ford
President, CEO

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